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Daniil Trifonov|BACH: The Art of Life (Encore Edition)

BACH: The Art of Life (Encore Edition)

Daniil Trifonov

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Pianist Daniil Trifonov is known for performances of 19th and 20th century virtuoso repertory and hardly at all for Bach. Thus one might expect from his album Bach: The Art of Life a certain old-school Romantic quality and even music that is a bit over the top. The album is all that and more. The title is a bit unclear; the interview-format notes quote Trifonov references to Bach's personal life, but also to various scientific phenomena, but one may dispense with those and get down to the music, which doubtless showcases Trifonov's formidable technical skills. With Bach, it is not about keyboard-clattering speed but about subtlety of inflection, and the variety brought to the little selections from the Bach's Anna Magdalena Book, pieces that almost everyone who has touched a keyboard has played, is extraordinary. Trifonov also includes a group of pieces by Bach's sons, and he does unusually well at finding what critic Harold Bloom called the anxiety of influence in these, their J.S. Bachian quality even in a stylistic world that had fundamentally changed. However, none of these really prepares the listener for the album's centerpiece, The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, which is divided between the two CDs in the physical version. It is as imposing as the rest of the album is light, and listeners will either love the contrast (Trifonov fans are sure to fall into this category) or find it jarring. Listen to the "Contrapunctus 6 ("in stylo Francese")" for an idea of the outlandish personalities Trifonov gives each fugue here. Even those who find it a bit much will have to concede the skill involved in fully realizing each idea. Instead of breaking off at the end of the unfinished final fugue, Trifonov furnishes his own completion, and it's actually one of the more convincing tries on the market. Listeners will have their own opinions about this release, but it is absolutely never boring, and its commercial success suggests that Trifonov's legions are increasing in number.
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Sonata No. 5 in A Major, Op. 17, No. 5 (Johann Christian Bach)

1
I. Allegro
00:03:38

Johann Christian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
II. Presto
00:02:36

Johann Christian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12 Polonaises, F. 12 (Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)

3
No. 8 in E Minor
00:05:17

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2 Clavier-Sonaten, 2 Fantasien und 2 Rondos für Kenner und Liebhaber, Wq. 59 (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach)

4
IV. Rondo in C Minor, H. 283
00:04:46

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' (Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach)

5
Thema (Allegretto)
00:00:22

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Var. 1
00:00:17

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Var. 2
00:00:21

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Var. 3
00:00:23

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Var. 4 (Minore)
00:00:37

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Var. 5 (Maggiore)
00:00:16

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Var. 6 (Tempo di Minuetto)
00:00:45

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Var. 7
00:00:32

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Var. 8 (Schwäbisch, Non allegro)
00:00:32

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Var. 9 (Minore, Tranquillo)
00:00:35

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Var. 10 (Maggiore, Tempo I)
00:00:31

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Var. 11
00:00:23

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
Var. 12 (Alla Siciliano)
00:00:34

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
Var. 13
00:00:12

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
Var. 14
00:00:17

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
Var. 15 (Più andante)
00:00:49

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
Var. 16 (Tempo I)
00:00:18

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
Var. 17 (Minore)
00:00:27

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
Var. 18 (Maggiore, Allegro)
00:00:30

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
J.S. Bach: Musette in D Major, BWV Anh. 126 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
J.S. Bach: Aria "Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke", BWV 509 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:00:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
J.S. Bach: Minuet in A Minor, BWV Anh. 120 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

27
J.S. Bach: Minuet in F Major, BWV Anh. 113 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:02:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
J.S. Bach: Polonaise in F Major, BWV Anh. 117b (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:00:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
J.S. Bach: [Polonaise] in D Minor, BWV Anh. 128 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:03:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

30
J.S. Bach: Choral "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille", BWV 511 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Paul Gerhardt, Author - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

31
Petzold: Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:46

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Petzold, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

32
J.S. Bach: Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 116 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

33
C.P.E. Bach: Polonaise in G Minor, BWV Anh. 125 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:09

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

34
J.S. Bach: Minuet in C Minor, BWV Anh. 121 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

35
Stölzel: Bist du bei mir (Formerly Attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 508, Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:03:29

Anonymous, Author - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5 Studies, Anh.1a/1 (Johannes Brahms)

36
V. Chaconne (After Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 by J.S. Bach, Arr. for Piano)
00:15:00

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

37
Contrapunctus 1
00:02:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

38
Contrapunctus 2
00:02:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

39
Contrapunctus 3
00:02:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

40
Contrapunctus 4
00:02:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

41
Contrapunctus 5
00:03:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

42
Contrapunctus 6 [per Diminutionem] in Stylo Francese
00:05:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

43
Contrapunctus 7 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
00:03:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

44
Contrapunctus 8
00:05:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

45
Contrapunctus 9 alla Duodecima
00:02:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

46
Contrapunctus 10 alla Decima
00:04:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

47
Contrapunctus 11
00:04:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

48
Contrapunctus [12] [rectus]
00:03:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

49
Contrapunctus 12 inversus
00:03:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

50
Contrapunctus [13] [rectus]
00:01:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Pianist Daniil Trifonov is known for performances of 19th and 20th century virtuoso repertory and hardly at all for Bach. Thus one might expect from his album Bach: The Art of Life a certain old-school Romantic quality and even music that is a bit over the top. The album is all that and more. The title is a bit unclear; the interview-format notes quote Trifonov references to Bach's personal life, but also to various scientific phenomena, but one may dispense with those and get down to the music, which doubtless showcases Trifonov's formidable technical skills. With Bach, it is not about keyboard-clattering speed but about subtlety of inflection, and the variety brought to the little selections from the Bach's Anna Magdalena Book, pieces that almost everyone who has touched a keyboard has played, is extraordinary. Trifonov also includes a group of pieces by Bach's sons, and he does unusually well at finding what critic Harold Bloom called the anxiety of influence in these, their J.S. Bachian quality even in a stylistic world that had fundamentally changed. However, none of these really prepares the listener for the album's centerpiece, The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, which is divided between the two CDs in the physical version. It is as imposing as the rest of the album is light, and listeners will either love the contrast (Trifonov fans are sure to fall into this category) or find it jarring. Listen to the "Contrapunctus 6 ("in stylo Francese")" for an idea of the outlandish personalities Trifonov gives each fugue here. Even those who find it a bit much will have to concede the skill involved in fully realizing each idea. Instead of breaking off at the end of the unfinished final fugue, Trifonov furnishes his own completion, and it's actually one of the more convincing tries on the market. Listeners will have their own opinions about this release, but it is absolutely never boring, and its commercial success suggests that Trifonov's legions are increasing in number.
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